Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters work to remove an injured man from a truck that was hauling a Dumpster on U.S. Highway 40 before it rolled Wednesday.

Photo by Matt Stensland

Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters work to remove an injured man from a truck that was hauling a Dumpster on U.S. Highway 40 before it rolled Wednesday.

Truck rollover injures man

Charles Pyle sustained minor head wounds in accident

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Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters remove the driver of a truck that was hauling trash Wednesday afternoon.

— A Steamboat Springs man was injured Wednesday afternoon when an Aces High trash truck rolled on U.S. Highway 40 near Steamboat II.

The truck was traveling westbound on U.S. 40 when the wreck occurred at about 2:15 p.m. The vehicle rolled once and came to a rest on its wheels with the trash container partially on top of the cab and its load spilled on the shoulder north of U.S. 40.

The truck's driver, 43-year-old Charles Pyle, of Steamboat, sustained minor head injuries, Colorado State Patrol Trooper David Kerker said.

Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue crews were unable to extricate Pyle from the mangled truck until the trash container partially was lifted by a tow truck and they cut him out of the cab. He was transported to Yampa Valley Medical Center via ambulance.

Traffic was restricted to one lane near Steamboat II in the wake of the crash.

As of Wednesday evening, accident investigators still were unsure what caused Pyle's truck to leave the road. Speed is not suspected to be a factor in the crash, and neither alcohol nor drugs were involved, Kerker said.

"We're still trying to figure out the exact cause," Kerker said.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident.

Comments

bellyup 6 years, 2 months ago

Seems to be a great spot to roll your vehicle, at least the third time in the last 18 months. Is it time to cut the speed limit between town and the Steamboat II turnoff? Most people drive about 60 in the 50MPH zone, gotta believe it's a big contributing factor to these wrecks.

BTW, kudos to Scott Hetrick of the Steamboat Springs Fire Department. Off duty, but still first on the scene and treating the victim for 15 minutes before any help arrived.

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